House Speaker-elect Julie McCluskie on Sunday appointed Representatives Shannon Bird of Westminster and Emily Sirota of Denver to the Joint Budget Committee, the body responsible for shaping Colorado’s state budget.
“It’s certainly bittersweet for me to leave the Budgets Committee, but with these two lawmakers stepping up, I know it’s in great hands,” McCluskie, D-Dillon, said in a statement. McCluskie had been the chairman of the JBC that year.
McCluskie said Bird and Sirota would bring “incredible talent, vision and leadership to the JBC.”
“I know they will listen to each member and work closely with them to advance the diverse interests of every community in every corner of our state,” she said.
House Majority Leader-elect Monica Duran, D-Wheat Ridge, echoed this sentiment.
“We have one of the largest and most diverse assemblies in our state’s history, and I know that with these appointments, our broad spectrum of voices and views will be well represented in the JBC and in our budget,” Duran said. repetitions. Sirota and Bird will help us invest in key priorities while increasing funding for schools and critical services. I am confident that our two new JBC members will advance our values and move Colorado forward.”
With the appointment of Bird and Sirota, four of the board’s six members are now first-time members. Rep. Rod Bockenfeld, R-Watkins and Sen. Jeff Bridges, D-Greenwood Village, were also appointed to the committee last week.
Sen. Rachel Zenzinger, D-Arvada, will chair the JBC as leadership of the committee rotates between the two chambers. The sixth member of the JBC is Senator Bob Rankin, R-Carbondale, the longest-serving member of the committee, joining him when he was serving in the House of Representatives in 2013.
The JBC will begin work on the 2023-24 budget on Monday. Gov. Jared Polis will present his proposed budget for 2023-24 to the panel on Tuesday afternoon.
Bird, D-Westminster said it was a privilege to join the budget crafting body.
“While Colorado leads the nation in job growth, fiscal constraints require us to be smart about where we direct our resources,” she said Group reflects and prepares our state for the bright future that lies ahead.”
Sirota, D-Denver, said she is honored to join the JBC.
“I will prioritize investments that strengthen communities historically left behind — often communities of color, who are disproportionately impacted by the challenges we need to address, such as climate change, education funding and income inequality,” Sirota said. “I look forward to working with my colleagues to enact a budget that addresses the most pressing needs in our state, helps every community thrive, and moves Colorado forward.”
Bird, first elected in 2018, represents House District 29 in Adams County, which includes much of Westminster. Bird currently chairs the House Finance Committee and is a member of the Business Affairs & Labor Committee and the Pension Commission and Pension Review Subcommittee.
Sirota, also first elected in 2018, represents House District 9. She is vice chair of the Public & Behavioral Health & Human Services Committee. She is also a member of the Energy & Environment Committee. Before her election to the Colorado House of Representatives.
JBC members chair their respective chambers’ grants committees.